Points of view
The magic that magnifies us
By Richard L. Gilbert
No courtroom has ever been treated to more grandeur than in the summation we experienced election eve when Michele and Barack Obama went back to Des Moines, Iowa where the historic adventure all began, to deliver their final political hurrah.
Sitting in that imaginary, pain filled jury were foreman Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, John Sununu, Mitch McConnell, Donald Trump, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Michele Bachmann, Grover Norquist, Karl Rove, David H. Koch, Charles G. Koch. Eleven angry men, one aggrieved woman.
As they relived the words and poetic proceeding, the composite discomfort was palpable.
History had recorded a cruel verdict. Mr. Romney was tortured by his unfortunate 47 percent dismissal of the electorate, adding the auto industry should have gone bankrupt and, in the end, inexcusably lying about Jeep production moving to China.
He even put his foot in his mouth when talking about Hurricane Sandy in which he criticized FEMA and said it would be better if the states assumed responsibility.
This sparked one of the funniest lines of the election when Stephen Colbert added, “Let’s turn it over to the states as we watch them wash out to sea.”